Thursday, November 24, 2016

Touchdown Jesus & the nation’s largest college library

“Word of Life” (aka Touchdown Jesus) at Notre Dame University
INDIANA---In the early 60’s, Father Theodore Martin Hesburgh was committed to moving Notre Dame to the top echelon of American universities, not just best in class of the Catholic schools. So a decision was made to build the then largest on-campus college library in America. The South panel of the library tower was going to be its visual signature. The decision was to make a mural commemorating “Christ and the Saints of Learning.” Millard Sheets was the artist.... You could see it if you were walking on the Southeast portion of the campus. Once the ’64 football season started, with Ara’s first year and Heisman John Huarte throwing TD passes to Jack Snow, Touchdown Jesus was born. [link]